Lake House Style: Easy Peasy Envelope Back Pillow Tutorial

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09.1.12

Good morning everyone, we had a new addition to our Lake House Bedroom this weekend. They’re bright, bold and just the right shot of color our are newly neutral bedroom needed after receiving it’s fresh coat of paint last week. These are the first of a few doses of color our bedroom will get. They couldn’t have been easier to sew and they look so good too sitting on the bed all fluffy and colorful. I have plans to make a few more in this fabric and some others to pull the whole room together but those will have to wait for another day and another post since it’s back to work time for me today.

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In the meantime while I get my sew on for all the other pillows, here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to sew envelope back pillows. I decided to go with an envelope back because it just might be the easiest way to sew a pillow ever. I made these for my Euro size pillows on my bed which are those big square ones you see all the time. I just love the way they look but never love the price tag on those size pillow covers.

Envelope Pillow Tutorial 1

First you’ll want to choose the size of your pillow. I wanted to cover my Euro size pillows which are 24 x 24 inches.

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You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I wanted floral fabric on the front with a neutral fabric on the back. Out of the Front Fabric I cut 1 piece 24 inches square. Yes the same size as the pillow, I like mine nice and plump so the finished size will be slightly smaller than the 24 inch pillow. Then you’ll cut the 2 back pieces. My measurements were 24 x 14 inches and 24 x 20 inches allowing for a 3 inch overlap that makes the envelope and a generous 1 inch hem allowance.

Make sure you iron all your pieces flat. Even if they don’t really look wrinkled iron them anyway. It makes sewing a professional looking pillow that much easier.

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To finish the back pieces press your raw edge down 1 inch. Fold it over and press another 1 inch.

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Using a straight stitch on your machine hem the back pieces you just folded and ironed.

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To assemble your pillow lay the front piece down face up. Next lay your shorter back piece face down lining up the raw edges with your bottom piece. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are facing together. Then lay your longer back piece face down which should overlap the first piece.

Pin your pieces in a couple of places along the edge so they don’t shift around as you move them to your machine.

Using a straight stitch sew along all 4 sides of your pillow

Turn the whole piece right side out

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Your back pieces should overlap, creating a simple envelope back pillow. Easy. Peasy

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Stuff and fluff till your hearts content.

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